The state's action plan for two Ramsar sites will be revised by the government.

Vembanad and Sasthamkotta Lakes are threatened by encroachments, pollution, and sedimentation . The State Wetland Authority Kerala has entrusted two experts with the creation of the revised plan .

Kochi: Since the two Ramsar sites in Kerala's state Vembanad and Sasthamkotta Lakes are threatened by encroachments, pollution, and sedimentation, the State Wetland Authority Kerala (SWAK) has entrusted Kozhikode-based Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) and Delhi-based Wetlands International-South Asia with the creation of the revised plan.In 2017, the first management plan for the three Ramsar lakes in the state (Vembanad, Sasthamkotta, and Ashtamudi lakes) was developed.According to a SWAK official, the decision to create a new strategy was taken following the ministry of culture and forests' directions.The officer said the many recommendations made in the first management plan were implemented in Vembanad Lake.

CWRDM is doing it.In addition, the development of a catchment conservation plan and soil restoration of Vembanad are being carried out.According to the official, the state's governor will grant the revised strategy for the first time after the state suffered devastating floods in 2018 and 2019, which resulted in significant sedimentation and disturbance of the Vembanad Lake ecosystem.Though officials insist they are undertaking various activities in Vembanad, activists and scientists insist that the authorities have not proposed any concrete plans for the lake's protection.

The lakes water holding capacity has been shrinking dramatically.The 2018 and 2019 floods have drastically altered the shape of the lake, according to Dr Bijoy Nandan of Cochin University of Science and Technology.As part of the revised scheme, a workshop will be held in Kumarakom next Wednesday.We will examine the current condition of the Vembanad Lake and the increase or decrease in flood-prone regions.Dr P S Harikumar, the head of the water quality division at CWRDM, said we will also address the problems in each sector that are related to the lake and would suggest solutions.